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Sunday, August 28, 2016

What's been happening..

Wish I could report that I've completed a lot of quilts but that would be lying.  I have been busy, actually designing stuff and getting quilt tops pinned.  I don't normally show things in process but I might need to start.

First I finally finished this top (after I got the right ruler it all came together beautifully).
I used the design wall at the local quilt store since I don't have one at home.  The great thing about that is you get a lot of opinions on where to put blocks.  The top is all done and a border added.

The second one is from a class I started a few years ago with Sue Garmen - it's her twirly balls block.  I decided to make mine from all different colors.  I'm working on the last block now but here are the other 8 blocks.
Still not sure how I'm going to set it.  I don't have a lot of the background fabric left and the other colors I just used fat quarters so there isn't a lot of any of those either.  It will come to me what to do.  These are all hand appliqued and they are blocks I work on during my lunch hour.

The third quilt is a Stack 'n Whack quilt.  My local friendship group has a challenge each year and this year was Stack 'n Whack.  This is what I was playing around with.

I've added a row since this picture was taken and i got rid of the striped side setting triangles.


This is more like what the final project will be except that I don't have enough of the border.  But thanks to my great internet search skills I was able to find 2 yards.  The border fabric is what I made my stack n whack blocks from (the circles).  I will have to make 4 corner circles too for the border.  I'm liking what is going on and it's giving me some nice areas to quilt.

I did make some more items for my guilds boutique.  We had a sew day at the local mall and had all these things cut out.  Didn't finish a lot at the sew day, but went home and finished the rest.
Microwave Bowl Cozies

Gift Bags.  
And then last month, this happened.

This little guy started Kindergarten.   (I blurred out teachers name).  He looks so grown up.

A girl I work with husband sent this to her to give to me.  I thought it was pretty funny and I plan to use it for many things in texts or emails.  :)

Don't know if this is an actual book.  There is an author called Barbara Holland but I couldn't find this book in her list of books she's written.

I have about six labels to make.  I really need to take a day out of sewing to set up my machine for embroidery.

I pinned 2 quilts yesterday (the triangle one and the one from the Fig Tree little green box-not pictured above) and I also cut some baby quilts for the boutique to take with me to the coast next weekend when I go on a 4 day retreat.  It will be a pretty small group of us girls again.  Should be fun.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Phillipa Naylor at Superior Threads in Utah!

What a week last week.  A friend and I signed up for four techniques classes at Superior Threads in St. George, Utah with Phillipa Naylor.  If you ever have a chance to take a class by her, I highly recommend it.  Not only is she a good teacher, she's very funny and fun.  You learn so much and she's so generous with her knowledge.

My friend Janice (on right) and Phillipa in the middle.  
We learned precision piecing, curved piecing, machine applique (all her tips and helps) and finishing techniques.   Even though it was technique classes, I was able to finish my precision piecing and mitered border piece with the spare time to use on the finishing technique classes (piping and binding two of those finishing technique's she taught).

Here's the curved class piece.  Mine is the bell pepper one and Janice's is the other.


We stayed in St. George two extra days to visit Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon.  So amazing.

Weeping rocks at Zion

Canyon at Zion

Court of the Patriarchs at Zion
It was pretty warm that day.  We did a couple hikes and were pretty exhausted at the end of the day.  (Blistered feet too.)

And the next day we went a little higher and cooler to Bryce Canyon.

Natural Bridge


Who knew they were called hoodoos?
Both so different but so close to each other.

On the way home from Bryce, the lady from a Hurricane Quilt shop told us this story about a quilt walk in Panguitch.  So we made a point to stop there to see the statue.




We also stopped at several quilt shops when we could  We stopped at one in Las Vegas (the only one open on a Sunday) and about 4 stores in St. George  and in Hurricane Utah.  We tried to stop at one in Cedar City Utah but it was Pioneer Days and the store was closed.

Here's my loot.  Oh and because we signed up for the class at Superior Threads we got to go shopping there too.


Picked up some license plates along the way.
What a trip.  I would do it all again.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Finally a few finishes

I can't believe it's been almost a month since I posted.  I have been sewing.  Here's what I've done since the last time I posted.

First I finished the half-square triangle quilt I started on my Cambria retreat last month.

Triangle Swirl pattern by Laundry Basket Quilts
I think this also uses all Laundry Basket fabrics.  It was a kit.

Then my little sister asked me to make her a new 4th of July table topper.  The one I made her years ago was 12" square and it looked so sad on her big table so she asked me to make her a bigger one.

Scrap Jar Stars by Gigis Thimble
I also worked on some our guild's boutique items.


All those from panels.

I also signed up for Fig Tree Quilts Little Box of Fig quarterly treats.  This was the quilt from the very first box.  There was also a pattern for a towel but I haven't done that one yet.


I also took some cute pictures of my puppies.  Our Jack Russel Guy is very scared of fireworks and for the week before the 4th, people were popping them off every night.  He must be held when he's scared.

Scaredy Dog
And this one just sleeps.  She did get a little freaked out on the 4th.


I'm in the middle of quilting my 2015 Fat Quarter Shop mystery quilt.  Not sure how I want to quilt the sashing, etc.

My 750 was having some issues the last year, where it would stop in the middle of stitching for a second and then it would go again.  I've brought it to 2 service techs who couldn't figure it out and FINALLY this new kid around here went to Bernina school a couple weeks ago and will be starting a sewing machine service shop and he fixed it!  So happy.  That's why I'm able to quilt the bigger quilt.  Didn't want to battle quilting a big quilt on my 150.  

Anyway, thanks for looking.  I'm heading to St. George, Utah next week to take Phillipa Naylor at Superior Threads.  4 technique classes in 4 days.  Looking forward to it.



Saturday, June 18, 2016

Trip to Wisconsin (and Minnesota) -Picture heavy post

I've flown through Chicago one before and I've actually been to Minneapolis on a business trip but I wasn't able to go anywhere but to the offices and the hotel (and they did take me to the Great Mall of America), so I had truly never been to the midwest before.  My sister and her husband will be there for three years before they retire and move to Texas, so we decided we wanted to take my dad on a trip to his birth town and home before they move away.  So I was my dad's travel companion.  My sister from Seattle came too.  The first day we took it pretty easy.  We went a cheese and sausage market, then to a nice lunch and then took a river/lake cruise.  Here are few pictures from around the restaurant which was right on Lake Michigan.


Here are some pictures from the cruise.  They had to raise I think 6 or 7 draw bridges for us to get to the lake.




On the way home we had to try the famous Leon's Frozen Custard.  (It is as good as they say.)

And of course when we got home we were able to have a cold Wisconsin brew.

This was very good.  
We then went to Madison.  We went to the University of Wisconsin Madison campus.  They have a big dairy program and they had free tours so we did that.  Then went to eat at a bratz restaurant where we took advantage of the see, hear and speak no evil monkeys.  






I think my dad had too much fun with them.  
We also did a drive by of the state capital.

We then took a trip to Minnesota to visit some cousins, some old friends of my dad and to see the home he spent the first 20 years of his life.  
On the 5 hours drive (oops it ended up being 7 hours) we stopped to get some pie at a famous pie place in a remote little town and what did you know, 3 doors down was a quilt store.  Wisconsin was having their shop hop while I was there and was able to pick up this pack of fabrics.
 So we then got to my cousins house later than they expected but we still went on the local late for some fishing and fun.



Gene was the only one to catch a fish (which we released. )  We are still now sure what kind of fish it was.  

Gene having fun with a Barbie/princess fishing pole.  No he did not catch any fish with that one.
And then it started to rain, so we headed back to their house for dinner.
I wish I had a picture of my cousin and her husband.  My brother-in-law took pictures and he hasn't forwarded them to us yet.  Let's just say they are the nicest people around.  My parents came to visit her mom and dad many times so they got to know my mom and dad well.  

The next day we went to the old homestead.  Here are a few pictures of the farm.

11 kids were raised in this house.  My dad commented that there were no bit trees when he was younger.  He does remember his dad planting a bunch behind the house before he moved away.  

My dad remembers them making each of these bricks for this barn. 


The church where my dad was baptized.
We had lunch with my dad's old high school friend and his wife (who is a sister to one of my aunts) and then off we went back to Wisconsin.  Lots of car time.



The last day there was shopping for the girls and a tour of my brother-in-law's plant for my dad.  We did find a quilt store.  I picked up some flannels.  Because, you know, it's Wisconsin.  

Then my dad and I flew home - first class.  Yahoo.  That has never happened to me before and I liked it.  After seeing this beautiful green landscape in our travels all through the midwest....
with lots of pretty barns and green, green everywhere.  

Then home to this brown, ugly dirty roads.  

And that was my trip.  

As far as quilting goes, I put together a few table runners and quilt backs this past week since I've been back.  Today I spray basted all the runners and now I'll pin baste the two bigger quilts.  

Thanks for looking.